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Health and Social Care

There are a variety of Health and Social Care courses available at Macclesfield College. Delivered by our expert tutors, you will gain extensive knowledge to progress within the industry.

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Academic year: 19/20


Overview of the Course
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are full Level 3 qualifications designed to prepare adult learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (whether this be a degree at University or an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree at the College).
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed to ease adult learners back into education and will develop your knowledge, build your confidence, improve your learning techniques and develop your communication and IT skills. They will also give you the essential tools to be able to study effectively. The courses are designed to enable learners who may be lacking in confidence, without formal educational backgrounds or who have other commitments to succeed in Higher Education (HE).
Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to HE Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) gives you the opportunity to apply for a degree across a range of health related areas including nursing, midwifery, paramedic etc. – preparing you well for academic work and university life. It’s an extremely popular course and an excellent way to maximise your job prospects. It could lead to you having a worthwhile career which has a positive impact on other people’s lives.
Studying an Access to HE Diploma leads to a national qualification, which is accepted as a standard entry qualification by HE providers in England and Wales. The vast majority of universities will accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas (Health Professionals) as an entry requirement to a health-related degree, but you‘re advised to check this with each of the establishments you’re interested in attending.
The course starts in September for the duration of one academic year and is organised to allow students to fit their study around their home, family and work commitments (9.30am – 3.00pm). You will be expected to attend all teaching sessions for approximately 10 – 12 hours in college over 3 days a week. Please note that you will need to supplement this by studying in your own time. Sessions will be delivered in well-equipped traditional classroom/laboratory settings; in addition you will access on-line material.

Did You Know?……..
Overview of the Course
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are full Level 3 qualifications designed to prepare adult learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (whether this be a degree at University or an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree at the College).
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed to ease adult learners back into education and will develop your knowledge, build your confidence, improve your learning techniques and develop your communication and IT skills. They will also give you the essential tools to be able to study effectively. The courses are designed to enable learners who may be lacking in confidence, without formal educational backgrounds or who have other commitments to succeed in Higher Education (HE).
Each year over 40,000 learners in the UK register on Access to HE Diplomas and most go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals)
The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professionals) gives you the opportunity to apply for a degree across a range of health related areas including nursing, midwifery, paramedic etc. – preparing you well for academic work and university life. It’s an extremely popular course and an excellent way to maximise your job prospects. It could lead to you having a worthwhile career which has a positive impact on other people’s lives.
Studying an Access to HE Diploma leads to a national qualification, which is accepted as a standard entry qualification by HE providers in England and Wales. The vast majority of universities will accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas (Health Professionals) as an entry requirement to a health-related degree, but you‘re advised to check this with each of the establishments you’re interested in attending.
The course starts in September for the duration of one academic year and is organised to allow students to fit their study around their home, family and work commitments (9.30am – 3.00pm). You will be expected to attend all teaching sessions for approximately 10 – 12 hours in college over 3 days a week. Please note that you will need to supplement this by studying in your own time. Sessions will be delivered in well-equipped traditional classroom/laboratory settings; in addition you will access on-line material.

Did You Know?……..

• If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first Level 3 qualification, the course is free
• Access to HE Courses are eligible for Advanced Learner Loans if the above does not apply
• Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks
• If you complete your Access to HE course and subsequent degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off
• More information on paying for your Access to HE Diploma is available at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


If you have dreamed of a career within healthcare or nursing then our brand new Healthcare Academy programme is for you. This prestigious and highly sought after course is run in partnership with healthcare employers and will provide opportunities for you to go straight into an apprenticeship or degree within the healthcare industry. As a result there are only 20 places available per year.

The Healthcare Academy programme (BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies) is aimed at providing an insight into the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience needed to enter a career in the nursing and healthcare profession. A feature of this exciting and brand new course is the integration of theory and practice through state of the art teaching and learning here at College and through a variety of work placements. This elite course will provide students with invaluable experience offering a strong platform from which to build a career in healthcare.
An integral part of the course is attending a rotation of placements at Macclesfield hospital which will offer the opportunity to develop skills further and relate theory to practice.

This is a vocational programme which will provide learners with the knowledge and skills essential to the health and social care sector, supporting progression to further learning or the workplace.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 16th September 2019 to 26th June 2020


Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor Degree. The HNC qualification can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or Level 3, A Level and Access to Higher Education students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at lower cost.
Overview
This course in Healthcare Practice is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the healthcare sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. On successful completion of this course you will gain the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Healthcare Practice.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 16th September 2019 to 26th June 2020


Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and Higher Education Institutions. The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification which is equivalent to the second year of the Bachelor Degree. HND qualifications can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or HNC students can use this as an alternative path to gain Higher Education locally at lower cost. It is a vocational course focusing on ‘learning by doing’ and is designed to give you specific work and practical skills, alongside extensive knowledge and understanding of the health and social care sector.

HND course builds on the knowledge and skills gained during the HNC and gives advanced preparation if you want to follow a career in Health and Social Care. Whether you are currently working in the Health and Social Care sector, or you are looking to begin your career in this area, this HND will greatly enhance your career prospects and development. HND is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the working practices of various Health and Social Care services, this course will give you the transferable skills needed to meet the increasing demands of this ever growing sector. It also offers focused study in specific areas of the sector through specialist units and a range of work placement activities delivered in partnership with experienced industry personnel. A significant focus is placed on the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression. If you are looking to pursue a career in the Health and Social Care sector or you are currently employed in a health or care setting or related environment and wish to combine work with study to develop your skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects, then this is the course for you. The course comprises taught classroom-based lectures and practical assignments. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to study independently to consolidate your learning and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject. Whilst studying on the course you can utilise facilities at Macclesfield College including a learning resource centre and a private members gym (Lifestyle Fitness at discounted rate). The course will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with extensive Health and Social Care experience. Work placements are a compulsory part of the course to provide direct industry experience in an area of your choice, developing and enhancing your employment prospects.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 2nd September 2019 to 26th June 2020


This is a vocational programme which will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding essential to the health and social care sector, supporting progression to further learning or the workplace.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 2nd September 2019 to 30th June 2021


If you have dreamed of a career within healthcare or nursing then our brand new Healthcare Academy programme is for you. This prestigious and highly sought after course is run in partnership with healthcare employers and will provide opportunities for you to go straight into an apprenticeship or degree in within healthcare industry. As a result there are only 20 places available per year.

The Healthcare Academy programme (BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies) is aimed at providing an insight into the skills, qualities, knowledge and experience needed to enter a career in the nursing and healthcare profession. A feature of this exciting and brand new course is the integration of theory and practice through state of the art teaching and learning here at College and through a variety of work placements. This elite course will provide students with invaluable experience offering a strong platform from which to build a career in healthcare.
An integral part of the course is attending a rotation of placements at Macclesfield hospital which will offer the opportunity to develop skills further and relate theory to practice.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 2nd September 2019 to 26th June 2020


This course is split into 2 certificates.

In semester 1 you will complete Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Health and Social Care and in
semester 2 you will complete Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Caring for Children under Five.

Together these certificates will give you the opportunity to do lots of practical activities to help you to learn
to care for adults, or children, it will also help you to develop your work and life skills. The benefits of this
course gives you an insight into the potential direction you may want to take in your further education and
employment and our specialist tutors are there to support you every step of the way.

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